Michigan Set for Wolverine Invitational
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Sept. 16, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's tennis team will host the Wolverine Invitational this weekend (Sept. 20-22) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Action will begin each day at 9:30 a.m.

Joining U-M at the VTC will be Notre Dame, Tulane, Arizona State, DePaul and Purdue. Admission to the event is free.

Live Scoring/Live Video
* Live Video only if indoors

SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)

Friday, Sept. 20
Singles
9:30 a.m. -- Michigan vs. DePaul; Notre Dame vs. Purdue
Not before 11 a.m. -- Arizona State vs. Tulane
Not before 1 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Purdue
Not before 2 p.m. -- Arizona State vs. DePaul
Not before 2:30 p.m. -- Tulane vs. Notre Dame

Saturday, Sept. 21
Doubles
9:30 a.m. -- Michigan vs. DePaul; Arizona State vs. Purdue; Notre Dame vs. Tulane
11 a.m. -- Michigan vs. Arizona State; Purdue vs. Notre Dame; Tulane vs. DePaul

Singles
Not before 1:30 -- Michigan vs. Tulane; Arizona State vs. Notre Dame
Not before 3 p.m. -- DePaul vs. Purdue

Sunday, Sept. 22
Doubles
9:30 a.m. -- Michigan vs. Notre Dame; Arizona State vs. DePaul; Tulane vs. Purdue

Singles
11 a.m. -- Tulane vs. Purdue; Notre Dame vs. DePaul
Not before 1 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Arizona State

FORMAT OF PLAY

Each team will play three rounds of singles and three rounds of doubles. There will be up to eight flights in singles and four flights in doubles per match-up. Points will be allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value to determine the champion (singles and doubles) at the end of the weekend.

Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point

LOOKING AT THE TEAMS

Michigan -- U-M returns six letterwinners from last year's Big Ten championship team that went 23-6 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season. The Wolverines welcome newcomers Laura Ucros, Annie Wierda and Sara Remynse to the team. The All-America doubles duo of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas rank No. 3 on the ITA's preseason doubles list. Bektas headlines three Wolverines who garnered singles rankings, coming in at No. 25, with Ronit Yurovsky (No. 36) and Sarah Lee (No. 59) rounding out the ranked singles players.

Tulane -- Tulane University ended the 2012-2013 season with an overall record of 17-7 (4-1 C-USA). It returns its top player, senior Klara Vyskocilova, ranked No. 53 in singles. Last season, Vyskocilova (19-8 singles, 11-10 doubles) was named first-team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana, as well as a Louisiana Co-Player of the Year. Joining her are sophomores Ipek Birol and Jacqui Katz, who ended the 2012-2013 season with singles records of 17-6 and 12-3, respectively. Senior Jenny Hois returns for the Green Wave after finishing 8-14 in singles competition last season, while junior Emily Dvorak and sophomore Meredith Maltby round out this season's team.

Notre Dame -- In its last season in the Big East Conference, Notre Dame (18-9, 3-0 Big East) captured its sixth consecutive Big East championship before beginning the 2013-2014 season as a new member of the ACC. The Fighting Irish return three ITA ranked singles players in No. 35 Britney Sanders, No. 87 Quinn Gleason and No. 117 Jennifer Kellner, as well as the No. 49 ranked doubles partnership of Sanders and fellow senior Julie Sabacinski. Sanders finished the 2012-2013 season with a singles record of 24-14, while Gleason and Kellner finished with singles records of 25-8 and 18-13, respectively. Notre Dame's roster features several other returning players in Darby Mountford, Molly O'Koniewski, Julie Vrabel and Katherine White.

DePaul -- DePaul University finished the 2012-2013 season with a record of 15-10 (2-4 Big East). The roster is composed exclusively of returning players, including junior Patricia Fargas (20-12 singles, 19-11 doubles) and sophomore Ana Vladutu (27-13 singles, 17-14 doubles). The team is rounded out by senior Kelsey Lawson, juniors Jasimin Kling, Rebeca Mitrea and Carolin Neumann and sophomores Jarret Fisher, Zhavia Gray and Zaina Sufi.

Purdue -- Purdue finished the 2012-2013 season 18-6 (8-3 Big Ten). The Boilermakers return their top doubles pair of sophomore Krisztina Kapitany and senior Mara Schmidt, who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championships and are ranked No. 12 in the ITA preseason rankings. Schmidt is also ranked preseason No. 125 in singles competition after finishing the 2013-2014 season at 15-9. Also returning for Purdue are juniors Daniela Vidal and Lynda Xepoleas, and sophomores Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Claudia Escribens, while three freshman Natalia Davila, Andjela Djokovic, and Nicole Robinson complete this season's roster.

Arizona State -- The Sun Devils went 17-6 (6-4 Pac-12) last season, bowing out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Desirae Krawczyk headlines ASU's returners, ranking No. 81 in the ITA preseason singles list. Juniors Leigann Sahagun and Joanna Smith, along with sophomores Ebony Panoho and Stephanie Vlad join Krawczyk as returners. Freshmen Kassidy Jump and Gussie O'Sullivan round out the Sun Devils' roster for 2013-14.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

   

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